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July 13, 2010

New York State Association of County Health Officials Elects

Dr. Maria Torroella Carney to Their Board

The New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO) is a membership association representing 58 local health departments in New York State.  NYSACHO was organized in 1979 and is incorporated as not-for-profit, non-partisan charitable organization

501(C)(3) tax exempt status. The local health department (LHD) officials who comprise the membership of NYSACHO have elected a new slate of officers and directors to NYSACHO’s Board of Directors, who took office on June 1, 2010. “Public health attracts dedicated and talented people to the field. NYSACHO’s new Directors are eager to join their colleagues in serving our association in leadership capacities,” said Linda M. Wagner, NYSACHO’s Executive Director and corporate secretary.

The incoming NYSACHO President is Paula Calkins Lacombe, Director of Public Health from Clinton County Health Department. Serving as Vice President/Treasurer is Jean Hudson, MD, Commissioner of Orange County Health Department. New additions to the Board of Directors include: Maria Torroella Carney, M.D., Commissioner from Nassau County Department of Health; Mary Fran Wachunas, Public Health Director of the Rensselaer County Department of Health; and Patsy Yang, Dr.PH, Executive Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

NYSACHO serves as the voice of public health for 58 local health departments in their work to prevent disease and disability, promote health and safety, and protect residents from risks and threats to our water, food, air supplies, and other potential health hazards. “The work of local health departments is crucial to the protection of the public’s health and well-being. This was recently demonstrated by their work during the H1N1 influenza pandemic of 2009/2010,” added Ms. Wagner. “On behalf of all of our members, we welcome and congratulate our association’s newly elected leadership and look forward to a productive year in prevention, protection, and promotion of public health for all of New York State’s residents and communities.”

You can see the entire NYSACHO Board of Directors on the NYSACHO web site at: